“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer
I have been thinking a lot lately about change, and how things are different in each season. What started to have me to think about this is how the weather went from warm to cold last week. It has provoked me to think about other areas of life where change has occurred, but many are trying to pretend that everything is normal. The one area that sticks out the most in my mind is my current field, education. In March 2020, the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States changed the face of education forever, however when you talk to many leaders in education they act as if everything is normal. It’s easy to forget that many children in the United States saw their entire lives shift forever. For many children, school is the most consistent part of their lives. At first, many kids were excited about what they saw as an extended break, but then they lost something so important to their lives. Now fast forward two years later, and you get the sense that it never happened. I know many want to go back to normal, but you cannot go back to normal after experiencing trauma of that level. Instead of looking for the normal of the past, we have to look for the normal of the future and the normal of our current season. We have to adapt to all of the changes happening around us and find ways to move forward and acknowledge the past while preparing for the future.
I took these photos a few weeks ago while riding my bicycle through the Little Sugar Creek Greenway in Charlotte. This is one of my favorite places to ride. The weather was clear that day, and as you can see the light was perfect. This one spot is a great place to take photos of friends and family together.